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Bobcats flying high in the ‘Mile High’

Charlotte Bobcats 101 Final

Recap | Box Score

98 Denver Nuggets
Josh McRoberts, PF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +6Less assertive on the offensive end than he’s been of late, but did a nice job on Faried for most of the night and certainly didn’t do anything to hurt the Bobcats chances tonight.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF Shot Chart 27 MIN | 2-4 FG | 4-10 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +1040% from the foul line. Air ball from mid-range late in the game. All-around disappointing. Then it happened — with less than 5 sec. remaining Timofey Mozgov had a point-blank put back attempt under the basket that was swatted away from behind by MKG. That play negated what would have tied the game – essentially, it won the game. My hat’s off to you MKG – there’s very few guys that play with the energy and intensity that you do in this league.

Al Jefferson, C Shot Chart 32 MIN | 13-24 FG | 9-12 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 35 PTS | 0Come on. Really? Right now Big Al cannot be stopped. Period. He’s taking over just about every game as of late. Does anyone think that Jefferson took it upon himself to raise him game to a different level when Kemba went down? Yeah, me too.

Jefferson stats without Kemba in lineup: 27.6 PPG, 12.4 RPG, 54.5% FG.

Ramon Sessions, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 4-10 FG | 8-10 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +9Solid. Solid, solid, solid. This is exactly that stat line Charlotte needs from Sessions in Kemba’s absence – get to the foul line + 7 assists to just 3 turnovers.

Gerald Henderson, SG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 6-17 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +1I love the way Hendo is getting on the glass recently – pulling down 5.2 RPG (+0.9) without Kemba in the lineup. Yes, I do believe he was challenged to step up in the rebounding category and he’s responded.

Anthony Tolliver, PF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -7Tolliver has been quiet from the floor in the past few, but one of his teammates really believes in his ability to stroke it.

 

Cody Zeller, C Shot Chart 16 MIN | 0-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -3Cody has been doing a good job at rebounding the ball in his limited minutes recently. That’s my Zeller optimism for you today. What? I’m trying my best.

Bismack Biyombo, C Shot Chart 16 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +3Biz gave great minutes off the bench tonight – please stop bringing the ball down when you catch it in the post. How many years is it going to take in order for this guy to simply get the leather to his chin as quickly as possible when he catches in traffic?

Steve Clifford
I doubt that you gain more out of coaching any other guy on this team other than MKG – he wants to make you pull your hair out, but then makes the defensive/hustle play on the floor that no one else can. Stay patient and keep grinding on him.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Bobcats give themselves an opportunity to really gain some confidence on this road trip. Tonight’s win was vital for the psyche and with the Lakers coming tomorrow night in Staples, there’s no reason they couldn’t start 2-0, out west, for this trip.
  2. Charlotte dominated Denver on the glass 53-43 and it was a team effort – 6 different guys with 6 or more rebounds.
  3. Ultimately, the difference in this game was trips to the charity stripe – something that Charlotte does well, and they certainly did tonight. The Bobcats were 30-42 from the FT line. Denver, just 11-13.
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